First Stop: Blue Caves
Words cannot describe the beauty of the landscape, the colors of the sea. Our first stop was the Blue Caves which is one of the most popular attractions of the island of Zakynthos (or Zante). … It is a series of geological formations created naturally by erosion. Let my pictures show you the beauty as I am still at a loss for words.
Navagio Beach (Shipwreck) was next on our journey. Voted by Conde Nast Traveler as one of the most beautiful beaches in Europe it draws its nickname—Shipwreck Beach—from a freighter that ran aground there in 1980, was abandoned, and still rests in the beach’s white sands today. Shipwreck Beach is an exposed cove, sometimes referred to as “Smugglers Cove”.
Sheltered by limestone cliffs Navagio is so isolated it can only be reached by boat but can also be viewed in the cliffs above. No matter how you decide to see it, it is a definite must-see!
A quick stop for lunch in a local fish tavern on a cliffside restaurant and we were heading back to Lesante with memories that will last forever and new-found friends, a lovely couple from Brazil.
Dinner at Andreas Fish Tavern
That night we wanted to head back into Zante town, but it was not recommended as the celebration of St. Dionysios was in full swing. Even though it sounded like fun we were told that we may not get a taxi back to the resort until 4 am in the morning. We had an early flight, so we didn’t’ want to take a chance. Instead, we opted for another recommendation from Claire, Andreas Fish Tavern. She warned me that it was nothing fancy but rather a local and family-owned seaside fish house.
When in Zakynthos live as the Zaks do and it was another great decision as you can see by the plated fresh fish shown in the picture.
Andreas Fish Tavern is located seaside in a small village called Kipseli. It may not be fancy, but the atmosphere made up for it. It was like coming home. The owner, Andreas and George our waiter were very warm and friendly. They showed us around the restaurant, and gave us the best table in the house, on the deck over the sea with the waves crashing beneath our feet.
Then a trip up to the kitchen where he proudly showed off the fresh fish that was caught that day. He asked us to choose but in the end, Andreas prepared the entire meal. Fresh fish made simple and let me not forget Andreas homemade fine. The pictures speak a thousand words.
And as the saying goes all good things must come to an end and it was time to say good-bye to Andreas and George, to Claire and to the wonderful staff at Lesante Blu and finally to Zakynthos. The experience is to live them and we just lived one of them. I can describe my stay as a one-of-a-kind experience offering exclusivity, tranquility, peace of mind. The amazing colors, natural beauty, and diverse landscapes and I knew I was not in Kansas!
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